Moments of Discovery: Natural History Narratives from Mexico and Central America (Paperback)
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Moments of Discovery: Natural History Narratives from Mexico and Central America (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 30/10/2012
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Throughout the twentieth century, pioneering biological field work was conducted from Mexico through Panama by such giants in the field as Miguel Alvarez del Toro, Charles Sibley, John T. Emlen Jr., and many others. But the written reports and scientific papers detailing their discoveries leave out the adventure, sense of discovery, and unexpected humour of their time in the field.

Moments of Discovery collects twenty autobiographical descriptions of the incongruous situations, captivating people and places, and the inevitable trials and tribulations that surround some of the greatest biological discoveries in Mexico and Central America from the 1930s through the 1990s. The anthology allows the entertaining and illuminating events that have mostly lived in oral history to be read and enjoyed by a broad audience.

A significant contribution to the history of biological exploration, this book is a must-read for anyone considering biological field work in the region--or the amateur, armchair fieldworker who wonders what those trips were really like.

Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 9780813044392
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 581 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The binding forces that can be felt in each story are the intense interest that each researcher has for his field of study, and the love they all share for the natural world that they have devoted their lives to studying."--Choice
"A significant contribution to the history of biological exploration, this book is a must-read for anyone considering biological field work in the region--or the amateur, armchair fieldworker who wonders what those trips were really like."--Ornithological Newsletter
"Looks beyond the reports and scientific papers of work from Miguel Alvarez del Toro, Charles Sibley and John T. Emlen Jr. to the adventure, sense of discovery, and unexpected humor of their time in the field."--Outdoors Unlimited Online
"Like all good anthologies this one leaves an overall impression. Reading these recollections, many of them experienced when the authors were graduate students, makes one wonder if previous biologists might not have possessed more savvy and stamina than today's."--Ecology

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